The True Measure of A Man
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. ~Samuel Johnson
It makes business sense to focus on return on investment. We learn to allocate our resources on ventures that show signs of bountiful returns. For most of us if there is nothing in it for us we don’t put anything into it.
So we treat life as ”give and take”. When I give to you I expect to get back from you. So we choose our circle of ”friends” very carefully. We become smart net-workers and have a long list of criteria a person must meet before we allow them into our inner circles.
There is nothing wrong in expecting to get back when we give, after all the farmer plants his seed in hope of getting a good harvest, but when getting back is the only reason why we give, giving loses its essence.
Life is not always about “give and take” and the acts that get rewarded are those acts of kindness that are done without expecting anything in return.